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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-25-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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24 SUMMER 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE 24 4288 Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, RI • 401-333-5053 Safely Serving Ice Cream 7 Days a Week Serving Over 60 Flavors of Homemade Ice Cream Frozen Yogurt & Non Dairy Sorbet Flavors Sundaes, Frappes & more! Ice Cream Pies Decorated for All Occasions Hand Packed Pints or Quarts Homemade Fudge Candy Store Bothelo said this year residents are encouraged to decorate their yards: "Let your yard be your float." Organizers kept hearing about what a family tradition it is for people to decorate floats together, and wanted to keep that going for residents, while honoring social distancing. "We needed a safe way to do that," Bothelo said. Having people dec- orate their yards gives everyone a way to interact and still have something to celebrate the holiday, even with- out the parade this year. The decorating will still be judged. There are six categories where winners will be named this year: Most Ancient and Horrible, Most Patriotic, Best Spirit of '76, Best Americana, Best Political, and Best Current Event. Glocester residents and businesses will have until Thursday, July 2, to email their name, address and phone number to ahparade@gmail.com or message the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ahparade/ if they plan to participate. Judging will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Food Trucks Another typical sign that summer has arrived is the appear- ance of food trucks gathering at one location to each offer their specialty fare. Many of the towns in northern Rhode Island host regular food truck nights throughout the sum- mer season. Eric Weiner, of PVD Food Truck Events, says that food trucks will still be out this summer, but with some new restrictions. "We're basically still doing everything, we are just reinventing them so they match the current guide- lines," he said. Weiner said the events will feel and look a bit different, "but we want to continue to support local food truck operators," while at the same time giving people a way to get out of the house and support local businesses. He said in the past an event may have looked like 15 food trucks in one place, with live music, and beer and wine. This year it might be five or six trucks in one location, with online ordering, people picking up their food and either heading back to their cars to tailgate, finding a patch of grass away from oth- ers to eat, or possibly taking their food to a new location. There will be music streamed from a "secret sound stage," for attendees to enjoy. The goal is to host smaller events with less components, where people can come and go, without crowds gathering. There are summer food truck events currently scheduled for Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket and Foster, with dates, instructions and information updated at www.facebook.com/ pvdfoodtruckevents/ and www.foodtrucksin.com/food-truck- events . Arnold Mills Parade In Cumberland, The Arnold Mills Parade Association will be celebrating its 94th annual July Fourth Parade and 52nd Road Race in new ways. To keep in line with crowd size restrictions, a "wave parade" or "motorcade" throughout the major highways in town is being organized. The road race will be a "virtual road race." Parade Grand Marshal, Jack Thornhill, will ride with some accompanying celebratory cars as well as patriotic music throughout local roadways. Visit https://arnoldmillsparade.com or https://www.face- book.com/arnoldmillsparade/ for up-to-date information. With Rhode Island navigating each new phase of reopening, summer plans are bound to shift and change. Check frequent- ly on your favorite events to stay up-to-date on the latest infor- mation. More options for summer fun could be just around the corner. EVENTS From Page 22

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